Thursday, May 08, 2008


It's becoming more well-known that Monopoly isn't exactly the ideal grounds for teaching the fundamentals of economics-- viewing the world as zero-sum, prices increasing as supply increases, etc. In fact, our fourth post, by TPS de facto Emeritus David Skarbek, concerned the game.

Settlers of Catan is often cited as a preferred alternative to Monopoly, but loyal TPS followers Tom and Dana Johnson have sent along another: Crackernomics. Here's a piece about it, and here's another. In the words of one of the articles...
Crackernomics is a highly interactive, action-packed game teaches children economics, geography, international investment principles and basic entrepreneurial skills in a fun-filled environment.
I'm curious about the action-packed aspect, but anything that gets kids thinking like economists from a young age is great by me.

Here's even more games from the manufacturer. Odds that Roman Ross grows up playing these games: Strong. Strong to very strong.


danarch said...

We haven't played yet, but I'll let you know when we finally break that puppy open. Apparently, our friends found several shrink wrapped copies at the Salvation Army and found the name... interesting.

Justin M Ross said...

Chances the Roman & Adrian will be playing this is very high indeed.

"Settlers of Catan" is very good, and its extensions "Cities and Knights" and "Seafarers" are both well worth the extra money.

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Settlers of Catan is an amazing game,my friends and I play it every two weeks, it is so fun and entertained, our other favorite game is dungeons and dragons.